Masking the the Capital's Air Pollution

The Evening Standard (London, England), July 13, 2011 | Go to article overview

Masking the the Capital's Air Pollution


Byline: Joshi Herrmann

EARLIER this month, a new film by photography artist Faisal Abdu'Allah reminded London of its problems with air pollution.

The film, Double Pendulum, showed how pollution was shortening the lives of those living near the Olympic Park.

London's dirty air results in 4,200 premature deaths every year, at a cost of [pounds sterling]2billion. The dangers of air pollution include the respiratory irritation caused by the nitrogen oxides produced by vehicles and heart and lung conditions from long-term exposure to particulate matter (especially PM2.5).

It's something cyclists, who often sit in chugging traffic for more than an hour each day, are acutely aware of. An increasingly popular solution is the cycle mask, which manufacturers claim filters the air before it reaches the cyclist's mouth and nose.

James Grugeon, CEO of Environmental Protection UK, told the Standard that consumers should be careful about relying on masks. "The quality varies. Some will filter out particulate matter, one of the worst forms of pollution. But you've also got nitrous oxides, and I'm not sure how many masks cope with those."

According to Grugeon: "The best way to protect yourself against pollution is to avoid hotspots such as Marylebone Road, Euston Road and Upper Thames Street rather than adopt a sticking plaster solution like masks."

Mike Cavenett from the London Cycling Campaign highlights the problem of ill-fitting masks. "We understand that to get the best out of them they have to be custom-fitted. We're talking about tiny airborne particles. If you have a beard, the particles can get through the gaps in your facial hair, for example. For us, the solution to the pollution problem isn't clothing that protects against it but reducing pollution."

Here are three of the best masks: RESPRO CITY MASK cyclesurgery. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Masking the the Capital's Air Pollution
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.